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Two and a half millennia ago, the artifact appeared in a remote corner of space, beside a trillion-year-old dying sun from a different universe. It was a perfect black-body sphere, and it did nothing. Then it disappeared. Now it is back. 'Banks is a phenomenon ...wildly successful, fearlessly creative' William Gibson 'Thrilling, affecting and comic ...probably the finest science fiction he has written to date' New Scientist 'Banks has rewritten the libretto for the whole space-opera genre' The Times

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  • Paperback | 464 pages
  • 122 x 196 x 30mm | 358.34g
  • Little, Brown Book Group
  • Orbit
  • LondonUnited Kingdom
  • English
  • 185723457X
  • 9781857234572
  • 7,523

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Gripping, touching and funny TLS The story is vital and urgent and has a brilliantly subtle resolution ... wildly enjoyable INTERZONE A dizzying adventure DAILY MAIL Explosive but tender SUNDAY TIMES

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About Iain M. Banks

Iain Banks came to widespread and controversial public notice with the publication of his first novel, THE WASP FACTORY, in 1984. He has since gained enormous popular and critical acclaim for both his mainstream and his science fiction novels.

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